rosemary baby

Friday Lush: Rosemary, Baby

Like the Polanski film, get it?

Anyway. Moving on. Gin is on my mind.  Truth be told gin is never too far from my mind.  I love it.  I’ve found a new one – Hortus, an absolute bargain at £16 from Lidl. Bright with botanicals, the most lovely smell and super smooth to the taste. The bottle’s nice too, what’s not to love?

There are some floral notes in this gin so I thought I’d temper them with musky rosemary. I love rosemary, I don’t have any growing in my garden so I will remedy that this week and get some in the ground, you need rosemary in the garden so you can run outside and snip a bunch for everything from crispy roasties and toad in the hole, I put whole stems into the batter before it’s baked, to flat breads alive with delicate salt flakes and little spikes of garlic. I also bake a really good spice cake with little flecks of rosemary in the sponge – sounds weird but tastes amazing – I use the little lilac flowers and grated lemon zest in the icing. It’s really, really good.

This cake was the inspiration for this cocktail – lemon and rosemary, for spring that is springing all around us.  Things already seem to be in abundance – night and day.  A winding drive home late, late last night on empty country roads gifted me a huge fox, staring me down from the side of the road before braving to cross my path, a badger – foraging in the grass, two barn owls, a huge smile on my face and me once again looking like the world’s saddest dogger.  Sometimes it’s good to take the long way home, just for the hell of it.

Scorch and burn the rosemary that you use for the garnish a little bit and you’ll get a smokey, deep musky herb smell with each sip. And that my friend is a really nice thing.

Rosemary, Baby

What you will need

  • 60g sugar
  • 100ml water
  • bunch of rosemary
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 measures of gin (if you want doubles)
  • tonic water
  • ice


Step 1 Add the sugar, zest of the lemon, rosemary and water to a small pan. Bring to the boil, turn down the heat and simmer until it thickens into syrup - this will take a couple of minutes, keep an eye on it though, stirring as you go. Set to one side to cool
Step 2 Add ice, gin, juice of the lemon and cooled sugar syrup to a large glass or cocktail shaker. Mix well.
Step 3 Scorch some extra rosemary to garnish the glass.
Step 4 Divide the drink between two small glasses, add some ice, rosemary, slices of lemon and top with tonic water.

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